About marianamcdougall.com

and the

Out-of-the-box families community

Welcome to marianamcdougall.com, the place for families who are leaving (or have already left) the status quo behind.

From homesteading to living a nomad lifestyle, we know that having children isn’t a reason to give up on our dreams—it’s a reason to pursue them with even more conviction.

marianamcdougall.com is a place for families to turn dreams into goals, and achieve them. It’s also a place to find a community of out-of-the-box families who support each other, in whatever dreams we have chosen to pursue.



You may also notice that this site is somewhat eclectic, with lots of different, seemingly unrelated topics. That’s for 2 reasons:

1. I’m a scanner, or a multipotentialite, or a renaissance soul, or my favourite term, a multitalented person. Niching just isn’t for me—that’s why as a writer, I write in various niches, and I’ve even created a website to help other  MultiTalented Writers do the same.

2. I’m the niche diversification/mind map/all things are connected gal—there’s no such thing as nontransferable skills or unrelated topics. Take a look at my mind maps to see just how much I can connect the dots to help people find their multi-niche way in a specialized world.

Welcome to www.marianamcdougall.com and the Out-of-the-Box Families Community. www.marianamcdougall.com. Image description: background photo shows 2 smiley faces balloons. Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

This is my space online to share our adventures, show you what cooking with kids really looks like, jot down the things I’m grateful for, and write whatever’s on my mind. I’m a lifelong learner and I’ll always write about what I enjoy writing and learning about—niche be darned.

So if you’ve ever felt a little out of place because of your many interests, or you’re living life differently, with kids or without…




marianamcdougall.com is a place where it’s not only OK to be different; being different is celebrated. I proudly don’t fit into any neat little boxes, and my family and I march to the beat of our own drum. Whether it’s hopping on a bicycle to ride 557 kilometers with our kids, choosing to educate them ourselves, or travelling the continent in an RV with our kids, we’re choosing what’s right for our family—even when it doesn’t fit with the status quo.

We hope to  inspire you to do the same 🙂

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About Mariana Abeid-McDougall

I’m a writer, dreamer, and adventurer-at-heart. I’m also a wife and a mom of 3 kids born in 2010, 2012, and 2014. I’m living life to the fullest, embracing my dreams and pursuing them, instead of settling for a less-than-ideal life. Having kids did not change my nature, and living life by someone else’s rules just doesn’t fit.

As parents, we are our children’s first role models, and we should live life embracing our own beliefs, even if they don’t fit in with the majority, because, to paraphrase Thoreau, if a family does not keep pace with the status quo, perhaps it is because it hears a different drummer. Let it march to the music which it hears, however measured or far away.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and hearing about your out-of-the-box family journey. E-mail me anytime at mariana@dreamsintogoalswriting.com, connect with me on Habitica, or check out my Pinterest obsession, to find out how to turn dreams into goals, and give your family the life of your dreams, however far-fetched those dreams may seem.

If you’re looking for writing, content marketing, or editing services, you can learn all about how I can help you here. And if you’re looking to grow your multi-niche writing career, be sure to go here.